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Chris Béné

Chris Béné is Senior Policy Advisor at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) - one of the 16 centers of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) - based in Cali, Colombia. Chris has published several peer-reviewed papers on resilience measurement, recently including: ‘Perception matters’: New insights into the subjective dimension of resilience in the context of humanitarian and food security crises.

Chris has 15+ years of experience in inter-disciplinary research and advisory work focusing on poverty, vulnerability and food security, initially through the analysis of the socio-political economy of natural resources, and more recently through resilience analysis and evaluation of vulnerability reduction programs in relation to disasters and climate change.

As part of his involvement in the resilience debate, Chris has contributed to the Core Group which helped establish the Resilience Measurement, Evaluation and Learning Community of Practice, through the RMEL CoP Convenings in New York and Rome (2016). He was also a member of the Food and Nutrition Security Resilience Measurement Technical Group (2013-15) formed by the WFP, FAO and the Food Security Information Network.  

Chris has been involved in several impact evaluations of resilience programs for WFP, DFID/BRACED, and USAID/Feed the Future, and published several peer-reviewed papers on resilience measurement. RMEL publications include:

Chris has a PhD in Environment and Life Sciences from the University of Paris 6, an MSc in Environmental Sciences from the University of Marseille (France), and a post-graduate Diploma in Development Economics from the School of Development Studies at the University of East Anglia (UK). He is currently leading the policy analysis cluster of the CGIAR flagship program “Food Systems for Healthier Diets”.